Match reports


After 4 of the 9 games completed in the 2009/2010 indoor County League Season, the A and the B teams are showing conflicting fortunes. Having both been promoted last season, this season was in theory going to be tough. The B team lost Connor to the A side, and the A side was playing in the First division for the first time. However, both teams have managed to keep up a 100% record so far, with the A team losing every game and the B team winning every game! Fortunately, the A team are still not bottom as Clifton have not won a game either and have a worse net run rate. Nick has also managed to persuade his cousin Ben to play, which hopefully will add some steel to both batting and bowling departments. The B team narrowly gained promotion on the last day, last season, with a marginally better run rate than 3 other teams. A settled side, a better game plan, some good personal performances and a couple of close games won that could have gone either way, have made the difference, and 3 more wins from the remaining 5 games should see promotion to Division 2.

The A team play their last game before Christmas, this Sunday the 13th, in the Bunyan Centre at 12 Noon vs Southill A, whom they fancy getting their first win against. The B team play on Sunday the 20th, at Oakley Lincroft Middle School, at 10am vs Ampthill D, who are their nearest rivals for promotion. A win will go along way to securing promotion. Hopefully the A side can gain a good win from somewhere or both sides may be facing each other next Winter..................
Pierre Pan

Sunday 13th September 2009 - Blunham Vs. Capt. Scott's XI

Unfortunately the batting of the day before was not seen, as Blunham were cut down by four wickets from the oppositions Lewis, and despite a fine rearguard by the last pair we could only muster around 120. The Scotties set about this total like a ravenous pack of dogs from ball one, and soon reached their target for the loss of just three wickets.

This left time for an 11 -over thrash, also won by the Scotties, but Sadler's four for none will no doubt be talked about for years to come......by himself.

To add insult to injury the Scotties then went and beat us in the boat race to secure the three-nil drubbing and bragging rights for another year.

Roll on next season...
A Face in the Crowd"

Saturday 12th September 2009 - Blunham Vs. President's XI

The presidents XI were rocked early on by the dismissals of Dan Nicholls (Ampthill), James Howlett (Potton), Heinrich Schlemeyer (Bedford) and Luke Peters (Henlow) to reduce them to 10-3. Rebuilding came about through a partnership between Shabz Hussain (Ickwell) and James Garratt (Eversholt), before James nicked off to give Titch his millionth wicket of the season. Shabz upped his own personal tempo and began to blast the ball to all parts as he bought up his hundred, and found useful support from Jonathan Kirkham (Langford). Shabz eventually fell bowled by Heaps for 150, but the pyrotechnics hadn't finished as Adam Giddings (Henlow) and Waghorn (Biggleswade) made sure the Presidents passed 300, eventually finishing up on 313-8. Cottrell and Benson the pick of the Blunham attack.

Blunham set about this total from the off with Ben Jeffs and Matt Benson crashing anything errant to the boundary and despite a testing opening spell from James Howlett, progress was made quite quickly. A mix up accounted for Jeffs run out for 34, but Heaps and Benson continued to accumulate, before Benson was caught for an excellent 88. Captain Sadler was next to go for just the single, but Heaps passed his fifty and in tandem with Harding began to build again. Ramon Bhogal (Potton) was in the middle of an excellent testing spell, but runs continued to be plundered from the other bowlers, until the President's XI got a breakthrough with Heaps departing for a well constructed 64. This bought Callum McGlynn to the crease and despite the run rate remaining steady at 10 an over, Harding and McGlynn started clearing the boundary and the President's XI turned to Hussain to make the breakthrough. The added pace created by Shabz seemed to fly off the bat even quicker as McGlynn stuck some vital blows in the penultimate overs, including a hooked six on to the roof of the nets as the last over came with Blunham requiring 12. They needn't have panicked as a six was struck second ball, and then with a ball remaining a leg glance found its way to the boundary as Blunham got home to win by 6 wickets, Harding 70*, McGlynn exactly 50*.

A great game with good batting on either side, more of the same next year, albeit with a better pavilion, should be good.
A Face in the Crowd"

Sunday 30th August 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Kempston Hammers (County League)

BCC 228-7 declared, Heaps 100* anchored the innings superbly, good cameos from Davis, Grimes and McGlynn.

Kempston Hammers 230-9, got home with the last pair at the crease and with just two balls remaining, a costly declaration. Excellent keeping from Parish and another superb catch at slip from Benson.

So that's the Beds County League season over and done with, a third place finish we can feel happy with. It has been a much changed side this season with younger players stepping up and performing superbly, as the old guard gradually filter down to the seconds. I still feel you will see the best of us as a team in five years time, the future is most certainly rosier that it has been in any time since my association with the club started back in 1983. From small acorns and all of that...
A Face in the Crowd"

Saturday 29th August 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Luton Caribbeans (Millman)

Luton Caribbean's finished on 199-9, but we fell short by about 30 runs in the end, the lack of anyone reaching 50 was our downfall, although some late hitting from Chris Hudson got us close. We were left to rue a costly run out when Hudson and McGlynn looked like they might steer us home.

Oh well, but earlier on the season we did become the first team to beat Luton on their ground in the last 12 years, which shows we are heading in the right direction, Luton Caribbean ending the season as Champions by the look of it.
A Face in the Crowd"

Sunday 23rd August 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Potton (County League)

It was a much changed Blunham side that rocked up at the not so happy hunting ground at Potton. Missing McAdam, Benson, Jones and Garofalo, we had included 3 third teamers and a few from the seconds but still acquitted ourselves well in pursuit of Potton's 256-7, Fitzgerald bagging 4-19.

We fell 14 runs short in the end, Heaps scoring his maiden century for the club and finishing 117 not out with an assured knock. Valuable contributions from McGlynn with 40 and Davis fresh from the 2's with 44, means that despite defeat, third place is nailed on for this season if we can take just the one wicket from our remaining game and in an added bonus, we will have a role to play in determining who gets relegated as we play the "at risk" Kempston Hammers.
A Face in the Crowd"

Saturday 22nd August 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Biggleswade (Millman)

So to the patch for this Millman League clash and apparently the lads did what they had to do, restricting the 'Wade to 151 all out, G as miserly as ever and young Deryn picking up a wicket on his first outing with the first team. The reply revolved around Cat Dog's 60 at the top of the order and Dufus with 52 not out, to steer the ship home for a comfortable 6 wicket win.
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Sunday 16th August 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Biggleswade (County League)

Blunham 195-8, Heaps the anchor with 87, good support from Garofalo and Davis with twenties.

Biggleswade 197-3, coasted it really after being 40 odd for 2, third place finish looking likely for us, which is a good effort for our first season in Division one. Good opening burst from Fitzgerald and McGlynn, but little else to write home about really.
A Face in the Crowd"

Saturday 15th August 2009 - 1st XI Vs. New City (Millman)

Last ten overs of carnage really as we allowed New City to rack up 256, 50 more than we should have done in all truth.

Our reply faltered at 21-3 before Bink with 76 and Tricks 60 staged a recovery, but by the time this had happened, the required run rate had reached upwards of ten an over and both fell in identical fashion, slogging across the line. We finished on 191 - 8, Grimo looking good with 12 not out, but the game was up and new City picked up a deserved win.
A Face in the Crowd"

Sunday 9th August 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Caldecote (County League)

Caldecote 205-9, Jones 4-41, Fitzgerald 3-26, Garofalo a magnet in the field saved at least 20 runs.

Blunham, reeling at 23 for 5 and at 78-7 certain defeat was imminent.......until Dave Garofalo with a watchful and controlled 49* was joined by Dave "Milkfloat" McAdam, who bludgeoned 101 off of just 34 balls, with eight sixes and five fours to propel us to the most unlikely of victories.....they make films about this sort of thing. It was as Tony Cozier would say, "miracle, absolute miracle".
A Face in the Crowd"

Saturday 8th August 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Luton Cricketers (Millman)

We set off for Luton, not knowing exactly which ground we should be at, Lower Wardown or Icknield Way. We opted for Icknield Way and luckily when we arrived, we had chosen well as our opposition for the day, league leading Luton Cricketers, were ready. Neil standing in as Captain (until Dave showed up) lost the toss, but the Cricketers chose to bat, which suited us fine as we could get to have a look at the wicket first up. We made early breakthroughs, the wee fella trapping the opener lbw for 0 and then Benson yorking the number three inside the first two overs to leave them reeling at 5-2. Then Dave turned up and assumed the captaincy role. Sid took a decent catch in the gully and then another one off Badger. Whoever the ball was tossed to produced the goods when it mattered. Figjam came on and took two wickets. Jacky P took a couple of stumpings, the last of which ended the Cricketers innings, as they were all out for 195.

Benson and Connor opened things up and it wasn't too long before Benson was smashing the ball to the boundary at regular intervals, soon bringing up his fifty. Connor was more sedate in his 26, but there was no need to play aggressively while Benson continued to plunder. Soon Bense passed his fifty to continue his recent excellent form and the pair put on 96 for the first wicket, before Connor fell caught. Into the last twenty overs and we lost Sid and Grimo in almost identical fashion. Benson then went for an excellent 75. Captain Garofalo played a vital innings of 17 before the wee fella with 30 not out and Figjam 13 not out took us over the finishing line to win by five wickets...which secured a team meal at KFC, £55.45 this time for the skipper to shell out.

That's us unbeaten in Luton for the season; a very pleasing win in more ways than one.
A Face in the Crowd"

Sunday 2nd August 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Henlow (Champions League)

We came, we saw, and we were rubbish, poor bowling despite a good start, dropped catches in the field, moaning and bickering, and then to cap it all off, a poor batting performance to wind up 91 all out after 50 up for no loss.
A Face in the Crowd"

Saturday 1st August 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Pilgrims Oakley (Millman)

Our title ambitions were put to the sword on Saturday, as Oakley overcame our poor total to win on run rate. Once the heavens opened, only Benson with 41 made any impression with bat and he enjoyed a charmed life whilst at the crease.

All our ten wickets to fall were to catches, which tells its own story.
A Face in the Crowd"

Sunday 26th July 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Harrold (Champions League)

Harrold 173 all out, can’t remember any details as I was very tired, but everyone bowled well.

BCC 176-3. Good opening partnership between Chester and Benson, then Benson and Heaps, before things were finished off with a flourish, Benson not out and in the runs again, can’t remember how many this time, was it 74* ?
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Saturday 25th July 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Pavenham & Felmersham (Millman)

It was a jaded Blunham team that arrived at Pavenham following the week long tour to Cornwall. The Captain was missing following his bottle related injury, and Callum had stood down, so in came Polarbear and Krusty from the 2nds (who had no game) to replace them. We soon made in-roads to the Pavenham batting as G took a wicket and then Benson took one of the best slip catches you will see, to dismiss the former Blunham player, Wintersgill. Titch came on and also started taking wickets including a sharp caught and bowled off a full toss, good wicket-taking delivery that. Pavenham then eked out the remaining overs, until we discovered we needed five overs from elsewhere. Tricks took three of them, and Sid, in a rare spell, took the other two. The innings finished at 153-9, from memory.

Marge fell early doors, but Connor went in and hit 29 quickly and Benson was going great guns at the other end, passing his fifty. Once Connor had departed we weren’t to lose another wicket as the pondskater got his head down and was rewarded with an unbeaten 33. Benson finished on 94 not out to continue his good form, following his maiden competitive century in midweek.

Skip was happy, only dropped one point and team man to the last, he even umpired the entire game.
A Face in the Crowd"

Sunday 12th July 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Dunstable 2nd XI (Champions League)

BCC 176-7, Heaps the mainstay of the innings with 45, and Garofalo 48, important stand at the end from Fitzgerald and an inventive McGlynn as ever, saw us to what would almost certainly be a competitive total on a track where patience was required.

Dunstable II – 127 all out, despite being 50-1 the runs dried up once Watts was dismissed by Jones, and then two run outs and the spinners McGlynn and Heaps got to work to slow the run rate which eventually saw Dunstable falter in pursuit.
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Saturday 11th July 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Henlow (Millman)

Despite the ever present threat of rain in the air, we started this game, and Henlow stuck us in. It turned out to be a decent batting performance from us, with no one scoring more than Benson and the skip’s 41, yet everyone contributed throughout the order. We had a solid partnership between Benson and Connor, which allowed the middle and lower order to play shots from the off to get us up 254 all out in the final over.

Henlow had a long batting line up with plenty of experience and youthful promise, but Mustard soon knocked back the off stump of Chirpy after just three balls. Sinclair batted well for Henlow and looks to be a very good player as he passed 50, but he received little support as one by one his partners came and went. Figjam came on and wheeled his way to his first competitive five wicket haul, taking the dangerous Giddings cheaply caught and bowled, and also accounting for Worley who miscued one to the waiting Sid. With time running out on Henlow they had their most destructive batsman down at numbers 9 and 10, but once Goldsmith played round a straight one from tricks the game was up, Henlow eventually dismissed for 190 all out.

Good team performance from us, and a very competent performance from JP behind the stumps on his first team debut, this does allow Figjam the opportunity to bowl, and also being one of the better fielders in the team could prove valuable going forward. We left the ground to the news of Soapy taking 6 wickets for one run (it was a wide) for the third team, as all three Blunham team won on the day, which made for pleasing news as I stepped into my hovercraft to board the A507.
A Face in the Crowd"

Sunday 5th July 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Potton (Champions League)

After the top order had been blown away for 4, 4 and 4 respectively, Garofalo, Ringsell, McGlynn and Fitzgerald looked to rescue things for the good ship Blunham, and then a late acceleration was provided by the Float with a quickfire 48 - this the man who according to one player from another team in this league "wouldn't score any runs at this level" to post a shade over 200.

Potton were bang in trouble early on as Fitzgerald and Jones got amongst them, but we were left to rue a dropped catch, the recipient of this good fortune going on to make a timely 115, and with not many runs coming from the other end, this proved to be the turning point, as Potton got home for the loss of six wickets.
A Face in the Crowd"

Sunday 28th June 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Biggleswade (Champions League)

BCC, a paltry 143 all out. The final total boosted by a partnership between Wildon and Jones for the last wicket of 37 runs. Apart from the last pair, only Benson with 17 and Garofalo 29, really looked like applying themselves, another worrying batting performance away from home. We just need to adapt away from home and we will be fine.

143 was never going to be enough really. Sometimes to post 200+ you have to fight and scrap, but on this occasion we were either too nervous or were guilty of playing too many big shots. Despite the loss of lefty relatively cheaply, and another cheap wicket which left Biggleswade 31-2, we failed to hammer home the early advantage, perhaps all too aware that we had performed badly with the bat. Biggleswade weren’t to lose another as they cruised home to the win…..and most probably the league title with it.
A Face in the Crowd"

Saturday 27th June 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Biggleswade (Millman)

Cat Dog and Marge opened things up and it wasn’t long before news reached us that Biggleswade thought Marge looked like a serial killer. This wasn’t news to us; we have been calling him Michael Myers for years, and you should have seen the look he shot me later on in the pub as I asked if I could “get involved with his sausage and mash”. Anyway, Cat Dog is a good judger of length and the short ball was soon being put away as he raced to 50 off of just 38 balls. Marge was a little more sedate, but for every jack there’s a Jill, and Marge was solid. No wonder New City call him VVS. Just when Cat Dog was closing in on his ton, he inexplicably guided the ball straight into the hands of Smoggy at Gully for a well made and timely 88. Chester came in at 3 and then blazed 44 quick runs, and Marge bought up his 50 as the pair cruised home.

It’s an easy game sat from the sidelines and some people need to realise the benefits of someone dropping anchor for the innings. Lord knows, we could have done with someone to occupy that very role the next day……
A Face in the Crowd"

Sunday 21st June 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Sharnbrook (County)

BCC 197-10, a good opening stand between Sadler and Benson, and then contributions here and there from the rest, with no one playing a big innings.

Sharnbrook 122 all out, excellent bowling providing constant pressure, and bringing the catching fielders into play, Fitzgerald again proving a handful in the middle overs. If someone has a better bowling attack in this league then I haven’t seen it yet.
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Saturday 20th June 2009 - 1st XI Vs. New City (Millman)

After a slow start we eventually began to fire with Dave 48 and Tricks 31 putting on 70 for the 4th wicket, before a late flourish from Mustard 28 not out saw us to a total of 170-9. We started reasonably well with the ball and soon had New City five down, but then one batsman proceeded to light up the park for the opposition, finishing the game with a four to bring up his hundred in an excellent knock. In truth, we were missing an extra bowler.
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Sunday 14th June 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Kempston Hammers (County)

Yet again, the green looking wicket deceived our visitors as we set about their bowling from the off, with 90 for the first wicket coming up inside fifteen overs, with the recalled Sadler hitting 42, and Benson continuing on from yesterday with a fine 52. Three quick wickets reduced us to 114-3 but Harding with 90* and Garofalo 35 steadied things with a quick 101 partnership, before late runs from Ringsell 16 and McGlynn an excellent 22 not out saw us post 303-6. Young Boulding gutted to not get in down at number 9, but he would get a chance with the ball later on.

McAdam, and Jones stifled the scoring early on, before Wildon got in on the act with four quick wickets, and there was a great direct hit run out from McAdam. Kempston rallied as the ball was tossed here and there, but despite some late fireworks from the number ten it was always a bridge too far for them after McGlynn had run him out with a direct hit from behind the sticks. Ringsell took one of the best catches seen this year - a full length diving one handed effort off a crisply struck drive, and it was left to McAdam to finish things off as he castled the number nine to secure maximum points, as we continue to build momentum in this tough division.
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Saturday 13th June 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Luton Cricketers (Millman)

Luton smashed and whacked their way to 319-8 from their forty five overs, the Trawlerman snaffling three wickets and Brian bowling tidily. In reply Cat Dog with 62 and Connor with 82 put on 151 for the first wicket playing proper shots, but from then on in it was a race against the clock to reach the target. Quick cameos from New Bloke and Tricks kept us in the hunt, but the run rate kept going up, and with all men out on the boundary it was a tall order. The end when it came, was swift with the last three wickets going down in just four balls as we were all out for 294.

Shame we didn't hold our catches in their innings, which would probably have trimmed their score by at least 100, but from a purist's point of view our batting was definitely easier on the eye.
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Sunday 31st May 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Henlow (County)

Henlow 230-8, good bowling from the opening pairing of Fitzgerald and Benson after 19 had come from the first two overs. McAdam and Jones continuing the good work and Wildon chipped in with two wickets at the death.

BCC 233-5, good knocks from Marshall 67, Garofalo 57* and McGlynn with a bright and breezy innings steered the ship home, after an early scare at 45-3.
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Saturday 30th May 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Pavenham & Felmersham (Millman)

With no captain nor vice captain at five minutes to the hour, Tricks had to do the toss, and with the mercury nudging upwards on the thermometer took no time at all upon winning the toss of electing to bat first on a decent wicket with an outfield as quick as Binko tail-gates people on tour.

The new opening pairing of Bink and Connor entered proceedings until Bink edged behind. This bought Sid to the crease and soon runs started to flow, Sid eventually falling for 40 odd before being held at square leg pulling. Connor passed his 50 and then promptly also edged behind. Chester came in and dominated proceedings smashing one length ball clean over the sightscreen at the top end before eventually getting bowled via his pads for a well-made 41. Callum came and went for 13; a victim of a “one stump to aim at” direct hit run out, and G contributed 20 odd before being bowled. By this stage we had passed 200, with Tricks bringing up his 50, so the scene was set for New Bloke to enter the fray. He didn’t disappoint, smashing his way past 50 also, including one of the biggest sixes seen at our ground in a long time. In tandem with Tricks, the pair added 120 for the 7th wicket and propelled us to a final total of 330-6, Tricks 79* and New Bloke an explosive 62*.

Ten man Pavenham started well, also scoring quickly, but once a few wickets had been taken the stranglehold started. Sid took a great catch that would have decapitated a taller man. The skipper gave himself a bowl and also took a steepler as the wickets tumbled. Connor took five wickets and looked like taking more before the final nail in the coffin was administered by Figjam bowling leg spin. Perhaps taking his cue from Tricks’ spell at Luton, Figjam finished proceedings with the classic 1-2 combo of full toss and long hop, to account for the last two wickets to fall in consecutive balls.

P & F all out for 128, and the title chase continues….
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Sunday 24th May 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Caldecote(County)

BCC 152 all out, Garofalo 42, Harding 39, Ringsell 26. Not a great batting performance and surely 50 runs light of where we should have been; 9 overs again unused.

Caldecote 144 all out in reply. Great bowling performance from Fitzgerald, McAdam, Heaps, Jones and Benson; all catches taken and good work from McGlynn behind the sticks.

The bowling unit gets us out of trouble again.
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Saturday 23rd May 2009 - AN OVERVIEW (Millman)

No game for the reporter today so I thought I'd have a look at the 2nd XI and 3rd XI. I headed over to Henlow to see our 3rds racking up a score of over 250. They were soon to bowl Henlow 2nd XI out cheaply and take all the points. They are amassing quite a good side.

Off to Blunham to watch our 2nds play Cople Argus. On arrival, the Cople innings had just started and they were chasing 338 for victory. Dom had hit 123 (he would go on to score 108* the next day as well !) - really pleased for him. With Connor hitting 102* for the county U15s the other day, that's two centurions on board. It was clear that the wicket was an absolute clear road and Cople fell well short of our total, albeit only losing two wickets in the process. Maybe they should have had a go - AUDACES FORTUNA JUVAT (Fortune favours the brave) as they say.....
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Sunday 17th May 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Harrold (County)

Good bowling and some poor shot selection caused chaos in the upper ranks of the batting on Sunday as we subsided to 15-5. G and Figjam tried to rescue the sinking ship of our innings, G eventually falling for 26, and with the innings taking on Titanic proportions, Float entered proceedings and quickly smashed his way to 67 from the number 9 position. Float has a good eye and can hit the ball a very long way, but he also assessed the situation well, taking singles where he could off of the last few balls of the over to retain strike and put Harrold briefly on the back foot.

119 to defend was always going to be a difficult task, but we were up for it and second ball Cat Dog swung one back through the defences of the opposition skipper to castle the middle stump. From then on, we continued to take wickets, and as a unit bowled very well, Float being steady going for just 6 runs off five overs whilst G, Benson and The Trawlerman all took wickets at vital times. With the opposition floundering on 89-8, and us closing in on victory the heavens opened and we never got back on. As Harrold were ahead on run rate they took the points, if we had been bowled out five minutes earlier we may have had enough time to take those final two wickets for victory, as it was we were denied.

A bitter pill to swallow this one, but our shoddy batting is not helping the cause at the moment, thankfully the bowling is proving good enough to take wickets at this level.
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Saturday 16th May 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Henlow (Millman)

The top two clash in the Millman league and having won the toss, Coops decides he wants a bat. Good performance throughout the top order and beyond with the Pondskater 39, and Top Up 27 getting things off to a good start, before further contributions from G 25, Tricks 33, and Dufus 35, before some late fireworks from Figjam 13, Cat Dog 20* and Coops 19 saw us to a healthy 241-8 off of our reduced 40 overs.

Tight bowling at the top of the Henlow innings reduced them to 30-3 with G bowling a miserly 7 overs for just 9 runs, and Cat Dog picking up 4-53. There was some late resistance from Henlow down the order as their number 4 played well for 107*, but lacking support from anyone we ran out winners by 37 runs, the margin of victory smaller than it perhaps should have been.
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Sunday 10th May 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Sharnbrook (County)

Three years ago, these two teams were three divisions apart. Blunham having just joined the league, were plonked in Divison 3, whilst the “Mighty Brook” were enjoying life in Bedfordshire’s top flight. No doubt about it, this game would give us a clear indication of the progress we had made, and ultimately a pointer to where we belong.

We bowled and fielded well in bowling out Sharnbrook for just 129, each of the bowlers doing themselves justice, and catches in general were well taken; the Float the pick of the bowlers with his ability to bowl Yorkers at will accounting for three of the wickets to fall. Our batting however, was a complete shambles. Despite boasting 9 players with league hundreds to their names, no one put their hand up and produced when it mattered. We were soon 2 down for just four runs inside the first two overs. A recovery boosted our score to 45-2 on a decent wicket before the middle order collapsed in on itself and we were bundled out for just 87. The most disappointing aspect of the whole piece was the nature of the wickets to fall, and whilst Ian Willis bowled well for the opposition, the top ten really need to look at how they got out, except for G and Connor who can both be considered unlucky. No complaints about the wicket which was good, but the collective failure of the batting is something people will have to take personal responsibility for.
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Saturday 9th May 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Luton Caribbeans XI (Millman)

So….to Sundon Park, scene of defeat on each and every occasion we have been there. We found ourselves in the field which was a bit of a bonus as the first few balls lifted head high off a length, and we could watch from the relatively safety of the outfield, littered with beer cans as it was. Some balls pitched and flew, whilst others kept relatively low. If I were the Caribbean’s, I would be asking for a refund on their pitch fees from the local authorities. How both sides scored 160+ is a credit to both teams. Once Connor had forsaken the quick stuff and reverted to spin, we began to take a stranglehold on the Caribbean’s innings, and once his spell had finished, Coops decided that this would be the way to go. But with no spinner in the side, the ball was tossed to Tricks to try some experimental off spin. It was clear from the first ball that this was going to be his day, as a wide half tracker was somehow hit, via bat and pad onto the stumps to bowl the opener, and from then on a theme developed with good balls being blocked or missed and the crap stuff taking wickets, as he wheeled his way to a four bag. New Bloke also amongst the wickets and good spells from Cat Dog, G, and the Luton Specialist – Badger, along with Connor’s second spell – always good to have another string to your bow.

In our pursuit of 165 for victory, we lost Sid early doors to a strange half drive type of shot, but then Binks and Tricks dug in, with Binks forgetting about the state of the wicket and just hammering the ball straight. Binks eventually went to one that lifted off a length that he couldn’t get out the way of. Chester came in and played positively hitting boundaries until he too fell, but his impetus had swung the game in our favour. Connor and Tricks then developed a further partnership that inched us to our target, before Connor went, and Benson went shortly after to a glue footed drive. Tricks vigil was ended on 39, when a ball missing leg stump, pitched and broke back to demolish the wood. This was still a testing period of the game, but with plenty of batting left in the hutch (Skip was at number 10 with 141* against his name last week) it was left to Figjam and G to see us home, G hitting one maximum to bring the target down to under 10, and then Figjam hooking into the fine leg boundary for a one bounce four to level the game. A few balls later, we had done it for the 4 wicket win. Good work from the last pair to see us home as the light faded. And yes…….the gherkin is still there over the changing room door window.

An excellent gritty performance from us, played in a great spirit by both sides. The Captain was so pleased he took us all to the golden arches and paid for the lot - (£40.23 if you’re asking). Wins in Luton for us have been rare, and wins against the Caribbean’s are unheard of. Today we had belief, oozing from the skipper. Sometimes that’s all it needs.
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Sunday 3rd May 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Dunstable 2nd XI (County)

Blunham C.C. 259-7, Sadler 31, Newell 52, Harding 63*, Ringsell a quick fire 39, and McGlynn an inventive 21 the mainstays in setting a decent target to defend.

Dunstable 2nd XI were 171 all out. Economical spells from Fitzgerald 2-19 and Benson 2-32 off of ten overs each, ably supported by Heaps 3-52 including the key wicket of Watts for a fine 31 and a frugal Jones with 1-16 from 8 overs.
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Saturday 2nd May 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Sandy (Millman)

We bowled well in restricting Sandy to 158??, Cat Dog the pick of the bowlers in taking three wickets.

Our reply started well with 30 odd on the board, then we swished and swished and swished some more to be reduced to 60 odd for 6. Cat Dog and Connor then gave us all a lesson in applying themselves to the cause, and calmly added 80 for the 7th wicket before Connor went with the finishing post in sight. Cat Dog passed his fifty and in tandem with the skipper, got us over the line in the end, with the words “no driving in May” ringing in the ears of the top six.
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Sunday 26th April 2009 - 1st XI Vs. Dean (Friendly)

Dean amassed 220 from their forty overs, a good knock from the opposition skipper was curtailed by the Trawlerman who put in a good spell along with Float and Mustard. The ball was tossed every which way, as missing three bowlers I had to conjure up overs from elsewhere, New Bloke and Figjam the best of the supporting cast.

Our innings started in a predictable fashion, a comedy run out in the first over accounting for the Bink who looked crestfallen as he walked off. Sid and Tricks added 60 off for the second wicket fairly sedately before Tricks went, followed by Chester, and then Mustard in quick succession. Sid carried on pulling and carving over the top and passed his 50, and in tandem with Callum 29 built to the stage where we needed 120 from 16 overs, i.e a midweek cricket chase. Once Callum went to a further run out, the stage was set for the big hitters lurking down at 7 and 9, and Float didn’t disappoint smashing his way to 50 from just 17 balls to turn the game our way. Sid fell for an excellent 87 as soon as I put his individual score on the scoreboard, and further wickets of Ed and then Float stretched the game in to the final overs. Not to worry though with centurions down at number 9, and New Bloke and Trawlerman saw us over the finish line inside the final over.

A good win against decent opposition, but some people have to realise there is more to running a club than simply turning up and playing, it would have been nice if Sid’s fifth request for a drink had been met, or at least if the scoreboard had been updated more frequently, it is after all central to how the two batsman in the middle go about chasing a score. Rant over, but will the lessons be learnt???
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